My 6-year-old godson and my 3.5-year-old goddaughter took me to see “How I Became a Pirate” at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis this past Saturday afternoon. This one time, I am going to break my rule of never writing about kids’ shows.
Why? Because I loved it. I admired the performers and I admired the work of director Ty Stover and the design team. More about them in a minute.
I also loved the story itself, which was joyful and funny and cute while honoring the complexity of life: Adventure and challenges are essential, but so are comfort and stories and good night kisses, at any age.
Part of an adult’s life task, I am beginning to realize, is to learn how to thrive in the complex middle of all that.
Mind you, the boy in the story, Jeremy Jacobs (exuberantly portrayed by Jaddy Ciucci), makes the age-appropriate decision to go back home and stay a child a while longer after his glorious foray into piratehood. This is also satisfying.